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Defibrillator and quick action save a life at local YMCA

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Jerry Panning doesn't care to think about what would have happened if he had chosen to go jogging outside the morning of May 3.

In all likelihood, he wouldn't be here to tell his story.


As it happened, the 62-year-old North Hudson resident went to St. Croix Valley YMCA for his workout - and four people and an automated external defibrillator saved his life.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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